Fear grips Kano residents as over 600 people die in a week

Some residents of Kano are living in fear over the increasing deaths in the state with no real information on what’s people in the state.

As of Saturday, unofficial reports on social media says over 600 persons have died in the state in the last seven days.

The increase in the toll comes at amid the coronavirus pandemic. As of Saturday, 78 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Kano.

But there are fears that there are more cases than recorded as the state lacks testing capacity.

There are also fears that meningitis may be contributing to the increased number of deaths in Kano.

Facebook user based in Kano, Umar Khaleel, said his grandmother was the 14th person to be taken for burial at a cemetery in the state as of 10am on Friday.

Upon getting home, Khaleel said they were informed of the death of another family member. He said they took his body to the same cemetery at about 2pm, and he was the 25th person to be buried that day.

“As at the time we left the cemetery, 7 new graves had been dug and were awaiting dead bodies,” he wrote in a post.

Another resident whose uncle died Friday night said he was doing fine in the early hours until suddenly he fell ill and died immediately.

Zainab Mahmoud, a Twitter user, said she and her colleagues decided to investigate the deaths in Kano, and by day two, they had received reports of over 100 deaths.Three days ago my colleagues and I decided to investigate the deaths in Kano. By day 2, we had received reports of over 100 deceased people. A large number highly suspicious for COVID-19,” she tweeted.

An Abuja/Kano based journalist, Mubarak Umar, also tweeted a list of more than 10 prominent persons that died on Saturday in Kano which include an ex grand khadi, former deputy vice chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK), and a former chairman of the state universal basic education board.

Kano lost the following personalities today:

•Prof Ibrahim Ayagi, CEO of Hassan •Gwarzo School
•Alh. Dahiru Rabiu, Former Grand Khadi
•Dr. Musa Umar Gwarzo
•Mal Musa Tijjani, former Editor of Triumph Newspaper
•Alh. Adamu Isyaku Dal, former SUBEB Boss
•Alh Salisu Lado

Some undertakers in the state had earlier expressed worries over the increasing rate of burials.

Below are some of the reactions over the death toll in Kano:

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